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May 23, 2011

Warmer, more humid and showery week ahead

Seems like everyone on the block raced to get their grass cut over the weekend, taking advantage of what now looks like a brief break in our rainy weather.

The National Weather Service's 7-day forecast keeps thunderstorm chances on the boards for every day through next Sunday. We will see sunshine during the week. But the solar heating will only serve to make the rising humidity more apparent, and to stoke chances for afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been posted until 6 p.m. for the entire state between the Chesapeake Bay and Allegany County, and south to St. Mary's County.   

AccuWeather.comThe main actors this week will include high pressure offshore. Clockwise circulation around the high will be pumping warm, humid air our way from the Atlantic and the Gulf. (Feel like summer by the Cheseapeake yet?) Add a series of disturbances working their way east from the Midwest and you get a showery forecast for the entire week.

The first round comes Monday afternoon as the remains of the storm system that pummeled Joplin Mo. overnight make their way east, up the Ohio Valley and across the Appalachians. That should bring us showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours. Some of those storms are already showing up on radar as they move through Ohio.

Stronger storms are in the forecast for Tuesday as a cold front drapes across the region and stalls near the Mason-Dixon Line. Strong wind gusts and large hail are possible with those storms as they develop near the front.Tides Online

And that's about how things will remain through much of the week. Sunshine and clouds, showers and storms each day and some overnight ... Daytime highs will remain in the 80s, with Tuesday (87 degrees) and Thursday (86 degrees) now expected to be the warmest of the bunch. Average daytime highs at this time of year in Baltimore are about 77 degrees, so we will be running 5 to 10 degrees above the norms.

Take an umbrella. 

And maybe waterproof shoes. The NWS has posted a Coastal Flood Advisory until 6 a.m. Tuesdayfor the Western Shore again as southerly winds again keep the water bottled up in the bay and pressed against the western shore. Minor flooding is possible in the usual low-lying spots.

Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen says sandbags will once again be available downtown and in Eastport as the bay rises over portions of Dock, Compromise and Newman streets at high tide. The sandbags can be picked up at the 2nd Street pumping station, Mills Liquors and the Market House at City Dock.

High tide times for Maryland's Western Shore are below.

HERE ARE THE TIMES OF THE NEXT HIGH TIDES
FOR A FEW LOCATIONS FROM NORTH TO SOUTH...
ON THE CHESAPEAKE BAY...
HAVRE DE GRACE...3:18 PM AND 3:58 AM...
BOWLEY BAR...12:56 PM AND 1:36 AM...
FORT MCHENRY BALTIMORE...12:05 PM AND 12:45 AM...
ANNAPOLIS U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY...10:35 AM AND 11:15 PM...
CHESAPEAKE BEACH...9:18 AM AND 9:58 PM...
SOLOMONS ISLAND...7:27 AM AND 8:07 PM...
POINT LOOKOUT...6:37 AM AND 7:17 PM...
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This site is the Maryland Weather archive. The current Maryland Weather blog can be found here.
Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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